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CFA- SSRC Dissertation Workshop: Russia/Eurasia in a World Context, May 1-3, 2009

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CFA- SSRC Dissertation Workshop: Russia/Eurasia in a World Context, May 1-3

Posted by: Serguei Oushakine <oushakin@princeton.edu>

Dissertation development workshop: Russia/Eurasia in World Context: A
Dialogue with European Studies (May 1-3, 2009, Princeton)

All materials should be submitted electronically to eurasia@ssrc.org

Russia/Eurasia in World Context: A Dialogue with European Studies

http://programs.ssrc.org/eurasia/Title8_Dissertation_Workshops/Princeton_09/

May 1-3, 2009
Co-sponsored by Princeton University's Institute for International and
Regional Studies (PIIRS) and Russian and Eurasian Studies Program

Application Deadline: January 22, 2009

THE EURASIA PROGRAM of the Social Science Research Council, in
partnership with Princeton University's Institute for International
and Regional Studies (PIIRS) and Russian and Eurasian Studies Program,
invites applications for a three-day dissertation development workshop
that crosses area studies boundaries, encourages interdisciplinarity,
and explores continuities, connections and contrasts across the
Eurasian and European regions. The geographic and conceptual overlap
between Eurasia and Europe invites questions about the very
definitions of the regions themselves and the institutions and
identities that comprise them.

The workshop will investigate commonalities, as well as differences
and pitfalls, in research agendas and frameworks, and develop new
questions through juxtapositions of the two intersecting regions.
Topics would range from interpretive categories (empire, nation, the
state, power, gender, ethnicity, modernism, modernity,
authoritarianism, democracy) to transnational processes (development,
trade, governance, private corporations, corruption, water, oil,
migration, environment, health, disease, terrorism, science,
information technology, languages, diasporas, cultural exchange, war).

Discussions will focus on what does, or does not, link Russia/Eurasia
with Europe, the historical relationships between the regions, and the
ways these regions are constructed in scholarly and public discussions.

Funding is provided by the United States Department of State, Program
for Research and Training for Eastern Europe and the Independent
States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII) and by Princeton
University Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS)
and its Russian and Eurasian Studies Program.

Instructions & Eligibility

All students who are currently enrolled in an accredited PhD program
and working at some stage on their dissertation projects may apply.
Applicant's work must relate in whole or in part to the regions of
Eurasia and/or Europe, in their current or historical context.
Proposals that deal in whole or in part with one or more of the
following countries/ regions are particularly encouraged: Armenia,
Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the
Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

All applicants are required to submit the following:

* A five page, double spaced summary of the dissertation project,
highlighting the dissertation's relationship to the themes and
objectives of the workshop
* A 500-word abstract of the project
* One letter of academic recommendation from the applicant's primary
advisor or other relevant individual
* Curriculum Vitae

All materials should be submitted electronically to eurasia@ssrc.org
with the exception of the letter of recommendation, where the original
should be mailed to the SSRC, attn: Eurasia Program and received by
the January 22, 2009 deadline.

Please address all inquiries and correspondence to:

Social Science Research Council, Eurasia Program
810 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 377-2700 x 437; Fax: (212) 377-2727
E-mail: Eurasia@ssrc.org

Award decisions will be announced in early February 2009. If selected,
participants will be required to submit a 15-25 page dissertation
chapter or writing sample and a 1,500-2,000 word essay outlining the
project which is aimed for a generalist/non-specialist audience.
Selected participants will receive detailed information as to the
requirements for the writing sample, which will be due in advance of
the workshop. The five page application statements, writing samples
and CVs will be pre-circulated among all conference participants.


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